Movies that deal with dreams. Why do we dream? What are these endless stories that engulf our subconscious while we are asleep? Many have tried to theorize the reasons behind dreaming but none have been successful decoding it. Freudians believe dreams are the unfulfilled desires of the conscious mind, which finds its way into the subconscious where it tries to fulfill itself. Some researchers say that it’s the absurdity of the idle brain and has absolutely nothing to do with memories. While science chooses to trust its lieutenants on the basis of facts, art thrives on the vividness of the dreams. Many literary pieces and paintings have been conjured on the lines of the dreams. In this particular scenario, how would cinema be left behind its other cousins? From the vault of the vastness, that Cinema is, we present the list of top movies about dreams. Dream on. You can also watch some of these movies about dreams on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. Total Recall (1990)
Dennis Quaid, just like a few other normal human beings, lives a normal life, with his beautiful wife for company. But at night, he gets these strange dreams about a mysterious lady in a mysterious place. Discouraged by everyone, upon asking about his dreams, he reaches out to Rekall, a company who specialises in planting memories for fantasy. But as the procedure starts, Quaid starts getting flashes of a subdued memory. And all of a sudden, his world does not seem to be the one he practically lived his entire life. Or so he believed. Based on Philip K Dick story, which incidentally served as a prequel to the ‘Minority Report’, ‘Total Recall’ was considered to be way ahead of its time.
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9. 8 1/2 (1963)
The visionary Federico Fellini’s masterpiece ’81/2′ is essentially about a movie director who hits a creative roadblock, as he prepares for his next film. While ’81/2′ remains as one of the greatest films of all time, this features in this list because a portion of the movie deals with the protagonist’s dreams as he frantically searches for his motive to make the movie. As he loses himself in a myriad of memories, his search for the film that he wants to make and his inner struggle become synonymous. Partly semi-referential, ’81/2′ is one of the most important works of cinema that’s ought to be studied.
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8. Brazil (1985)
Terry Gilliam, who was heavily influenced from the writings of George Orwell, came up with his own version about a dystopian society where bureaucracy takes the highest precedence over rest of the world. ‘Brazil’ is a satirical commentary about an one world government, forcing its inhabitants to be assimilated into a singular society. It tells the story of Sam Lowry, who works under the aforementioned bureaucratic Govt and drives a single seater car, keeps dreaming about himself flying in a metallic armour along with a mysterious girl. His life takes a three sixty degree turn, when he actually meets the girl.